The Ecotone Resilience initiative began in the summer of 2015 with an approach built around three strategic pillars:
Ecotone Resilience is born from the exceptional association of hands-on experts from a wide range of fields:
from marine ecology, agro-biology, botany, community development,
design engineering and finance.
Mission & Objective
The goal of the Ecotone Resilience model is to demonstrate that advanced sustainable practices produce much better quality production than the current ones resulting in better long term results, because it relies on natural productivity and resilience of bio-diverse systems that constantly replenish the natural resources instead of irremediably deplete them.
The core objective of Ecotone Resilience is the pursuit of an integrated, scientifically documented, multi-sector approach in close consultation with the local communities and local governmental teams. Ultimately by understanding the networks of livelihood, the state of the coral reef and the land, we will be able to determine how interventions can help conserve nature as well as improve quality of life.
Pilot Project : Abra de Ilog, OCCIDENTAL Mindoro, Philippines
Where is it?
The pilot site is located near Abra de Ilog on the Verde Island Passage. This remote area of Mindoro island harbours an extremely rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity.
It is an ideal site to conduct a pilot model in order to test an integrated approach around an established Marine Protected Area and sustainable farming practices.
Why this site?
The Philippines are among the countries first in line to face the consequences of climate change. This creates a direct threat to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Abra de Ilog stands out as one of the most pristine areas thanks to its remoteness.
However, a major road is under construction to connect Abra de Ilog to the Eastern part of the island. At this juncture, we believe it is critical to minimize the impact on the terrestrial and marine ecosystems and help the communities manage their resources.
Finally, Mindoro is remarkable for the presence of a large indigenous population called Mangyans and the lack of road infrastructure.
Who will work on this?
Ecotone Resilience core team brings together marine biologists, ecology scientists, sustainable farming , development and finance experts.
The team is working closely with the University of the Philippines, with the support of the Municipality of Abra de Ilog as well as local communities in Sigman, Udalo, Bugtong and all the other stakeholders.
What is our goal?
To create a powerful human resources support network
By structuring a collaborative and productive human architecture between local, national and international stakeholders, from planning, to execution, to profit sharing, Ecotone Resilience aims at securing the long term wellbeing of the local communities, Mangyans and Tagalogs, by elaborating with them a set of practices to assess, restore and manage the health and productivity of local resources.
What are we going to do there?
Our first objective is to increase local essential resources by:
To create market links
And create an economic network by:
Increase local skills and human resources:
This is a pilot project, what is next?
Once the pilot project is validated (expected in 6-12 months time), there will be the following phases:
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ECOTONE RESILIENCE TEAM ON SITE IN UDALO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
Poroy has been immersed for as long as he can remember in community and environmental development. As a community manager, he has worked with farmers, fishermen, students, public servants, local and international organizations and businesses. From 2008 to 2016, as the area manager for the Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) department of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc, Poroy organized the Masbate municipal council to address illegal fishing.
Poroy brings to Ecotone Resilience many valuable skills in social work, procurement, governmental relationships, livelihood programs, etc. Poroy speaks English, Tagalog and many indigenous dialects from Mindoro.
Bamboo & Handicrafts
Nemesio has been involved in sustainable materials during all his life, especially bamboo which he grew and traded several varieties on the island of Mindoro. He has an extensive knowledge of local plants and his garden is testimony to his gardening talent. Very eager, as his wife Christine, to improve the livelihood of the local community, he set up the first farmers cooperative in the area in 1998. A master craftsman, Nemesio can build pieces of art with the simple use of his Bolo (the local traditional knife).
Nutrition & Waste
Christine lives in Bugtong with her husband Nemesio in a home that could be a model in term of sustainability and gardening. She is active on many fronts, bubbling with new ideas to improve the community well being. She has been organizing school feeding programs for indigenous children in the Barangay with the support of the LGU. She has trained and organized groups of women in handicrafts activities using various material and techniques such as coco crafts. Christine's passion for singing brought her many distinguished first prices in singing contests.
Carina is an active and committed member of her community : aside of being a mother of five, and helping her husband on their farmland, she was a Barangay Councilor for 3 years and is now assisting the Local Government in administrative work and logistics. Having worked in the touristic area of Puerto Galera for 2 years, she mastered her English skills and is a very precious translator, Carina acts as facilitator during workshops, training, meetings, and various interviews with the fishermen, farmers, etc.
Nutrition & Health
Claire is a French Biologist and Chemical engineer. She also did a master in Human Nutrition and Health at the University of Bordeaux. Recently, she dedicated to voluntary service with a first experience in teaching English to children in Indonesia. She liked living the local life and being close to the population. Her mission with Ecotone Resilience in Abra de Ilog is to develop the local economy by the exploitation of agricultural resources to make products with high added value. The main objective is to implicate the local population to create a sustainable network.
Fishing & Logistics
Our most trusted lieutenant in Udalo, Fidel is a fisherman who understands like no one else that the biodiversity is at risk if not properly managed from this point on-wards. Fidel has a deep understanding and on the ground knowledge of the ecosystems whether maritime or terrestrial and is very valuable to the success of the project. He is one of the key stakeholders and plays a key role within the local communities in their variety (mainly Tagalog and Mangyans). Fidel speaks both Tagalog and English.
Reforestation & Agriculture
Antoine has worked for 5 years on Forest and Climate Change mitigation policies and investment programs in Africa, including advising the government of Democratic Republic of Congo to design a large regional program to reduce deforestation and develop sustainable agriculture where he collaborated closely with stakeholders from government, donors, international and local civil society and private sectors and gained a strong experience in coordination, negotiation and conflict resolution.
In his free time, Antoine is involved in an organic farming and catering project in south of France.
ECOTONE RESILIENCE FOUNDING TEAM
Professor Helen Yap
Marine Complex Systems
On Helen’s side, this initiative has its seeds in the efforts of her father, Emmanuel, during his lifetime. She also acknowledges the full unquestioning support of her family. Helen is a professor at the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines where she began her career over thirty years ago. In the 1990s, she was twice Chair of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body to the entire United Nations system. She is an awardee for science of “The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service” (TOWNS) of the Republic of the Philippines.
Liwanag Sales Fromont
Liwanag is Filipina. She is a specialist in plant pathology and mycology. She has worked at the National Crop Protection Center in Los Banos, University of the Philippines and the Department of Plant Pathology, Bureau of Plant Industry before she volunteered as a researcher for the West African Rice Development Agency in Senegal. She received her diploma from UP in Sciences and Agriculture. Liwanag is a mother of five and speaks both English and French and seven Filipino dialects.
Elsa Ligaya Dingkuhn
Elsa is German and Filipina. She grew up in Africa and completed her organic agronomy and farm management degree in France, focusing on sustainable agriculture. Elsa has worked extensively with farmers, accompanying them towards a holistic understanding of their farm-system. Her work emphasizes on a community based approach of self-assessment mechanisms, to help farmers identify room for improvement (quality of life, financial and tehnical) while converting to organic set-up. She brings a solid hands-on understanding of agricultural land management that aims at catalyzing agro-ecological transition.
Valerie Daoud Henderson
Finance & Environment
Valerie has been in finance for most of her twenty+ years professional career. Over the past ten years, she has specialized in sustainable investments with high social and environmental impact. Her intimate knowledge of the financial sector brings a concrete vision to the project financial dynamics, its risk profile and its impact from a financial, social and environmental aspects. Valerie is a passionate advocate of bridging the gap between finance, people and sustainable projects.
Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. CEO of MakerBay (Hong Kong MakerSpace for Social and Environmental Impact) where he teaches Citizen Science, Scoutbots and Protei INC (Ocean Robotics). Cesar is dedicating his life to explore and protect the ocean with open technologies. Cesar is a Former MIT project leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee. Cesar believes that nature, human and technology can thrive in harmony.
Entrepreneur & Science
Of Filipino and Spanish descent, Raymond lived in many countries before settling in Manila where he lives with his family. He studied business in New York University and Environmental Science in Autonomous University of Barcelona. While his passion is sports and nature, he is dedicated to his real estate development and mining business. Raymond is a PhD candidate and specializes in studying natural systems. He loves diving, windsurfing and mountain biking. Raymond speaks Tagalog, English and Spanish fluently.
Finance & Development
Tarek decided to bring his deep knowledge of the financial world to the development field. After a career at Morgan Stanley where he was managing director of the equity division, Tarek worked for several high profile NGOs and most recently headed Karuna-Shechen, Matthieu Ricard’s NGO. Despite his involvement in several development projects, Tarek finds the time to teach yoga and to share his chess passion with children in developing countries.
Dr Clement Dumont
Clement is a marine biologist who has managed three MPAs in Mexico, Chile and Malaysia in close collaboration with the local fishermen. Over the years Clement has been responsible for several sustainable projects working closely with universities. He holds a PhD in biology from Laval University, Canada and post-doc from Stanford University. He had a Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Hong Kong between 2008 and 2011. In his free time, Clement likes to challenge himself with 100km trail running races.
ECOTONE RESILIENCE WOULD NOT BE WHERE IT IS TODAY WITHOUT THEM
Connectivity & Agriculture
Jonathan is currently studying for his master in ecology at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris focusing his research on interconnectivity between science, philosophy and society. Passionate about agriculture as one of our future’s key challenges, Jonathan endeavors to understand how the land is currently used in the pilot zone by using satellite images and modeling ecological networks. It will allow us understand better the erosion phenomenon and the true potential for agricultural sustainability. Jonathan enjoys hiking and cooking wild plants and will do anything he can to become a scientific-farmer.
Conservation & Ecology
Marine is a French national conservation ecologist. She did a master in conservation and restoration of biodiversity at the University of Antwerp, in Belgium and conducted her thesis on the impact on invasive fish species on fish biodiversity in Greece. She also has experience with sea turtles and worked with the Sustainable Research Unit of NMMU in George, South Africa. Currently working on the implementation of an MPA and on a waste management pilot project with Ecotone Resilience.
Conservation & Restoration
After completing his undergraduate and honours degrees in South Africa, Ryan went on to obtain a MSc (Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration) from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Having grown up in Africa and studied in Europe, Ryan was keen to get his first experience in Asia with Ecotone Resilience and is working on the implementation of the MPA and the development of a waste management strategy on site.
Klarizze Anne Puzon
Klarizze is an applied microeconomist. Her work lies along the interface of natural resource economics, public economics (e.g. political economy) and development. Klarizze utilises theoretical and empirical methods, especially laboratory and field experiments, as tools. Her recent research focuses on the interplay between sudden abundance/scarcity in natural resources and institutional change (e.g. political conflict, technological adoption, property rights protection).
Klarizze holds a MSc from Toulouse School of Economics and a PhD from Université de Montpellier. Currently she is affiliated to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.